Civico Tempio di San Sebastiano, Milan

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The Temple of San Sebastiano is a late-Renaissance- or Mannerist-style church in central Milan.
The cylindrical church is shaped like a can capped with a dome. The octagonal church was commissioned in 1576, after the end of a season of plague, dedicated to St Sebastian. The non-linear layout is atypical for post-Tridentine churches. Perhaps the site, which had housed an earlier medieval church or sanctuary dedicated to San Quilino, dictated the shape. Some evidence suggests that the architect Pellegrino Tibaldi designed the building with other round churches or the Pantheon as models. He did not spare the mannerist details such as false windows on the top story, and highly decorated spandrels. The church construction was advanced in 1586, when Tibaldi left for Spain, and supervision of the project fell to Pietro Antonio Barca, who modified the height and size of the dome. In 1616-1617, under Fabio Mangone further reconstruction occurred with addition of a chancel to the main chapel. The cupola was decorated in 1832 by Agostino Comerio. The building has been used both as a church and civic chapel. Some rooms in the vestry are used to screen films.
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  • We didn't decided to visit this church but we were passing by it and went inside. Free entrance and it's really very nice (Mannerist style). It's near the Duomo. It was built in 1577. I liked the Alta...  more »
  • The Civic Temple has a circular plan covered by a dome, a project by Pellegrino Tibaldi at the behest of Archbishop Carlo Borromeo. The dome dates back to 1617 project by Fabio Mangone in eight segments, full of frescoes and resting on a circular drum window. The finely decorated interior is distinguished by its chapels delimited by pilasters, for its decorations, for its spatiality and light. Exterior punctuates by a marcapian perimeter that delimits the entire height in two parts; The pilasters of Doric order are noted in correspondence of the inner chapels.
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  • The Church of San Sebastiano, also known as San Sebastiano Civic Temple, is a sacred building in Milan. Among the many churches of Milan, the Civic Temple of St. Sebastian is one of the few examples of religious places of worship with central plan. The church was erected by the governor of Milan, Marquis of Ayamonte, as a votive act for the disastrous plague that had struck the city in 1576. The Civic Temple, on the other hand, was created by the Milanese government with the intervention of Archbishop Carlo Borromeo who put the first stone in 1577.
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  • Beautiful old church with incredible art work. Really interesting historical place with old story. Perfect place to stop and relax for a moment. Really recommend!
  • Beautiful & small. Found it while walking around. Easy & free access
  • Breathtaking architecture and historical site.
  • An impressive octagonal Mannerist church, built during the 16th century and containing a nice frescoed dome. It is a civic temple and thus managed both by religious and civic institutions.
  • Beautiful place
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